Seafood Options “Substantially Altered” by Climate Change

Written by on July 22, 2015 in Fish, Other News

A recent report shows that the seafood available in your local markets and restaurants won’t stay the same, thanks to climate change and other human activities.

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The report, titled ‘Predicting Future Oceans’, was released by the Nereus Program, an international research team that was created to study the future of the oceans and our seafood resources.

The report reveals that the global seafood supply “is set to change substantially” as a result of climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, and destruction of marine ecosystems. These changes will likely cause a decline in fisheries around the world.

“The types of fish that we will have on our dinner table will be very different in the future,” co-director of the Nereus Program, William Cheung, explained in a news release. “Fisheries will be catching more warm-water species, with smaller size, and that will affect fish supply through our domestic and oversea fisheries as well as imports.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The report also includes ideas for coping with these changes — most importantly, improving ocean management to limit carbon dioxide emissions and ensure the sustainable use of fisheries.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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